Santorum, on Personal Liberty (he doesn't like it!)

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    Rick Santorum, Christianist Frontrunner? - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast



    He is easily the politician most hostile to individual liberty on the right. He believes states have every right to ban contraception, all abortion, and any legal protections for gay couples. He disavows any secular, Enlightenent view of America's founding. For him, freedom only counts if you adhere to the current fundamentalist rigidity of the Benedict XVI church. I've cited this before, but here he is on freedom:




    This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone. That there is no such society that I am aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.


    Notice he explicitly cites the bedroom as the place where big government can intervene. If you are not reproducing as the Vatican demands, legal penalties are in principle possible. There is no public-private distinction. His mentor, Robbie George, takes the view that in principle, the state also has the right to penalize masturbation with criminal penalties, a position flushed out of him in the Prop 2 trial in Colorado. The only reason the two would not actively prosecute gay couples for having sex or straight couples for using condoms is for prudential reasons: it's not practical. But in theory, they'd have the Catholic church's most reactionary elements dictating your freedoms.


    If you believe in individual freedom, this country has no greater opponent than Rick Santorum. And for three years, the GOP has tried to tell us that the Tea Party was about extending freedom and ending debt rather than extending the power of Christianist Big Government. We know better now.
     
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    As a firm believer in individual liberty and freedom, I can cast my vote for only ONE candidate, Ron Paul.

    NO other candidate represents the ideals espoused in our Constitution.

    This is why he is marginalized by Democrats and Republicans alike.
     
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    oh bullshit!
     
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    Oh please... you wine about personal freedom and then support the government involving themselves in every aspect of your life from contraception to what kind of car you drive.

    Ya got nutt'n.
     
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    Andrew Sullivan?.....another leftie shaking in his twinkle toe booties.....:gay:
     
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    Interesting that I've only posted Rick Santorum's actual words, yet his sychopants are attacking me and Andrew Sullivan!

    Why is that? :lol:
     
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    if he actually said that, he can't win. the middle won't like that statement at all.
     
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    did you miss Sullivan's inflammatory words......?

     
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    I no longer care what those republican presidential hopefuls say. I am simply grateful Texas Rick Perry is out, and Texans no longer have to be embarrassed!!!
     
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    Link and prove they are Santorums words. Otherwise, shut up.
     

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